March 17 2008
He will give a short glimpse of the life of deaf community members. He will also answer questions about living in today's world as a deaf person and American Sign Language (ASL).
Not only was Geeslin the first completely deaf student to earn a bachelorâ€™s in linguistics from Purdue University, he also was the first deaf person to receive a doctoral degree from a university in Indiana (Indiana University 2007). He is now superintendent and CEO of the Indiana School for the Deaf, where he attended classes as a child.
Geeslin chairs numerous educational committees and has presented countless workshops, covering topics such as the bilingual approach in deaf education, ASL linguistics, and deaf childrenâ€™s language and culture. He serves as a board member on the State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities and was a 2007 member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Cultural Audit Task Force.
The event, in conjunction with Indiana Stateâ€™s Disability Awareness Month activities, is free and open to the public. Geeslinâ€™s appearance is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Blumberg Center.
Editorâ€™s Note: A high resolution, downloadable photo is available at http://ISUphoto.smugmug.com/photos/256397864_KXXyU-D.jpg
Contacts: Marlene Lu, Indiana State University, Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education, (812) 237-2842, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Jinbo, Cunningham Memorial Library, (812) 237-2574 or email@example.com
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
David Geeslin, superintendent of the Indiana School for the Deaf, will present a program for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 26 at Westminster Village, 1120 E. Davis Drive, Terre Haute.